How to Measure for a Wig
- Instructions for Measuring
- View Size Chart
- Makeing a template for a wig cap
- Resizing a Wig (Adjusting the size of a wig)
Before you start:
- It is generally more accurate to have someone else measure your head, rather than trying to do it by yourself.
- If you currently have lots of hair, make sure it is pressed down as flat and as tight as possible with a cap, a hairnet, or bobby pins. This will eliminate bulges that distort head contours.
- Use a cloth tape measure to ensure accuracy.
1. Around the Head:
Measure all around the head. Starting at your natural hairline in front, follow your hairline to just above your ear. Measure around the back to the bend in your neck, just above your other ear, then around front to where you began.
Average measurement is 22 inches
2. Front to Back:
Measure from your hairline in front (where the roots of your hair start in the center of your forehead), back over the top of your head, then down to where the roots of your hair stop on the back of your neck (usually about an inch below the indentation where your skull meets the top of your neck).
Average measurement is 14 1/4inches
3. Ear to Ear:
Starting from one side in the crease where the front of your ear attaches to your head, bring your tape measure straight up from that point and directly over the top of your head and then straight down to the same position at your other ear. (Make sure the tape measure is not angled toward the front or back.)
Average measurement is 11 1/2 inches
Around the Head
Front to Back
Ear to Ear
20 3/4 inches
|13 1/4 inches
( 33.5 cm)
|10 3/4 inches
|21 1/4 inches
|13 3/4 inches
|14 1/4 inches
|11 1/2 inches
|22 1/2 inches
|14 3/4 inches
|11 3/4 inches
|15 3/4 inches
|12 1/2 inches
NOTE: The adjustable tabs inside most wigs adjust up to 1" larger or smaller for a secure fit.
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You can make a template for a wig cap that will fit precisely.
- Place an 18-inch square of clear plastic wrap so that it covers the top portion of the head.
(Some people use a thin disposable shower cap.)
- After pressing the wrap close to the head, use wide tape to contour the head shape as follows:
(For a full wig: It should be close but not so tight as to may make the cap uncomfortable to wear.)
- Beginning at the forehead, place transparent tape on the wrap over what will become the outer perimeters of the pattern.
- The areas of baldness determine the outer perimeters for a hairpiece.
(For a standard wig it would be the hairline, around the ears and in the roots of the hair in back.)
- After you have taped the boundaries, cover the rest of the plastic wrap all over with overlapping pieces of tape.
- Apply a few layers of tape so the template becomes somewhat firm.
- The tape will lock the plastic wrap into a permanent transparent tape template.
- Use a permanent maker to trace where you want the edge of the wig-cap or topper hairpiece to be.
(For a full wig: Follow your hairline, then around the ears, the roots of the hair across that back of your neck and back around to the front.)
- Write the word FRONT at the front of the template and your name elsewhere on the template.
Professional adjustment to your measurements:
There are 3 basic ways to go about altering the size of a wig.
- This involves cutting and sewing the wig cap or wefts.
- It will cost about $150-$200.
- Wigs adjusted in this manner cannot be returned.
Sewing the wig cap to make it smaller:
- This involves sewing wefts together without any cutting.
- It will cost about $50.
- Wigs adjusted in this manner can be returned if the stitching can be removed to return the wig to its original condition. (The amount paid for adjusting the wig is not refundable even if you remove the stitching.)
You brave souls can adjust the size yourself:
- Think of the wig like any other garment that you would take in (or let out a little). Sometimes a few carefully placed stitches can make all the difference.
- It will cost you nothing but time and some nerves.
- Wigs adjusted in this manner may not be returnable.
* Wefts are strips of material onto which the hair is attached